GrubHub, DoorDash, Caviar Sued in San Francisco for Worker Misclassification

The gig economy has gotten a lot of attention in recent months and has been the subject of a number of lawsuits. LBN has covered some of these lawsuits in earlier reports. LBN’s Emily Collins reports that a new wave of lawsuits has hit the food delivery portion of the gig economy, and again, the subject is whether the labor force consists of employees or independent contractors.

This week, on-demand food delivery companies GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar have been the targets of class actions and individual lawsuits. The plaintiffs in these actions are seeking a court determination that they should be treated as employees. As CNN Money explains it, “Workers must pay for expenses like gas, parking fees and phone data, which would be illegal under California law if they were classified as employees.

The lawsuits were filed in San Francisco superior court by Boston lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan, who has filed similar lawsuits against Uber and Lyft and discussed those earlier lawsuits in this LBN report. The crux of the complaint is that workers are being misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. Because of that, they are being denied benefits traditionally offered to employees, like overtime pay or expense reimbursements.

Shannon Liss-Riordan will discuss this latest round of litigation next week on LBN.

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